I've been looking at the $oftware to use the tape drive on Windows Server 2008. If I have been reading the prices right, to get BEWS + AD agent + SQL agent, the software comes to a lot more than 7 SATA hard disks and removable drive carriers and frame.

As long as Windows Server Backup can indeed backup everything including AD and SQL, even if it is not as friendly as BEWS, it and removable drives look a lot cheaper. I know that the hard disks are going to be more prone to physical damage than the tapes.

I remember years ago when IBM actually had sales offices attending a session where one of the reps said that they were working on an improved (faster, bigger, cheaper) backup and that it didn't mean tape. Although most of us grumble about Microsoft, perhaps they are fulfilling the rep's statement for the cheaper backup in the smaller shops.

Am I missing something?


On 6/9/2008 11:08 AM, Lukas Beeler arranged the binary bits such that:
On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25 PM, Walden H. Leverich
<WaldenL@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
For a single server NTBackup (the one that comes w/windows) actually
does quite a good job. I's scriptable (well, somewhat) and you can

ntbackup was unfortunately removed from Windows Server 2008. And
Windows Server Backup does not support tapedrives. You'd need DPM for

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